How do people really know a city they live and work in? In this talk, we will be introduced to how people come to know and sense their cities through the life, work, and expertise of a community of hereditary taxi-drivers of Mumbai, the chillia. Through the eyes of chillia drivers we will be introduced to Mumbai’s roads, built environment and urban life. Using sound, images and some excerpts from Tarini Bedi's new book, Mumbai Taximen: Autobiographies and Automobilities in India, we will move through the city via taxi. We will hear the sounds, bumps, and smells of Mumbai’s roads to learn how drivers have historically developed an intimate sensory knowledge of driving in a city like Mumbai.
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This event is co-hosted by TREC and the Portland State University Department International and Global Studies.
The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.